Mary Elizabeth Sanders Family Memorabilia, 1862-1957 (Manuscripts Collection 275) is primarily about the political career of Mary's grandfather, Jared Young Sanders, governor of Louisiana from 1908 to 1912. But Mary Sanders, like many or most individuals and families in Louisiana, preserved Carnival ephemera along with other personal mementos. This will be found especially among the more influential citizens' papers, as they were often participants or royalty in the parades and balls, at some point in their lives.
A rich source for research on New Orleans Carnival, the Louisiana Research Collection holds the massive physical Carnival Collection, 1857- (Manuscripts Collection 900), large selections of which have been digitized in the Louisiana Digital Library, and accessed freely online. But additionally, LaRC's archival collections widely contain Carnival keepsakes from the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. Searching the library catalog with an advanced search, combining subject keyword "Carnival Louisiana New Orleans" and limiting by type (archival material), you will retrieve a large sample of collections with authentic personal memorabilia from Carnival.
Caption: Keepsakes in Collection 275, Box 1, Folder 3, with ephemera relating to twentieth century events by krewes of Momus, Comus, Hermes, and Proteus. Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be republished without permission.
LaRC’s Robert G. Polack Papers, 1764-1984 (Manuscripts
Collection 231) contains personal papers of New Orleans lawyer, Robert Goodhart
Polack (d. 1984), as well as Polack and Lemann families papers and his collection
of genealogical and historical documents primarily relating to New Orleans. This archival collection includes typed and handwritten correspondence, partially
printed legal documents, certificates, telegrams, invitations, post cards,
greeting cards, travel diaries, drawings, prints, maps, photographs, petitions,
land grants, military papers, campaign items, newspaper clippings and other
Much of the twentieth-century correspondence is between Robert
"Bobby" Polack and his wife, Dorothy Prentiss Polack, including
letters written by both.
Caption: Collection 231, Box 1, Folder 12: Valentine telegram sent by Bobby Polack to his future wife, Dorothy Prentiss. The back of the paper is stamped: 1932 Feb 14 AM 12:58
"ONE WHO DREAMS DAILY OF YOU WANTS YOU TO BE HIS VALENTINE WHICH MEANS ACCORDING TO THE ANCIENT LAW THAT FOR THE SPACE OF ONE YEAR YOU MUST HAVE NO OTHER SWEETHEART THIS CONTRACT ALTHOUGH BINDING ONLY FOR A YEAR IS RENEWABLE AT THE OPTION OF THE PARTIES MUCH LOVE..."
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